Lobato wins Coppa Sabatini

Spaniard takes victory after late surge

Juan Jose Lobato (Nippo-Vini Fantini) sprang a surprise to claim victory in the 2018 Coppa Sabatini, stealing a march on the field in the uphill finale of the Italian race.

The Spaniard, who was fired by LottoNL-Jumbo ahead of this season over an incident involving sleeping pills, claimed his first win for the Italian-Japanese Pro Conti team with a perfectly-timed effort in Pecciolo.

After a dramatic crash took out solo leader Vincenzo Albanese (Bardiani-CSF) in the final kilometre, Lobato caught the rest of the reduced peloton off guard and went from some 350 metres out. He opened a big gap and although he faded in the final metres he had done enough and was able to coast across the line.

Behind him, two-time winner Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) finished second, with recent Coppa Agostini and Giro della Toscana winner Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) in third.

"This year has been a difficult year for me, so this victory is very important for me, the most important, mentally ,that I’ve had for some time," he said. "I saw I could avoid the problem and the crash, and then I just went for it."

The late-season Tuscan race took the peloton on a lightly undulating 201.8km course, featuring six laps of a finish circuit. With the final kilometre of the circuit all uphill, it was always likely to be a battle between the punchy finishers. A six-man breakaway went away early on and contained: Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli Sidermec), Emmanuel Morin (Cofidis), Sebastian Schonberger and Edoardo Zardini (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia), Nikolay Cherkasov (Gazprom-RusVelo), and Eduard Grosu (Nippo-Vini Fantini)

The sextet built up a lead of four minutes by the time they hit the local laps but were steadily reeled back in. Morin, Schonberger, and Grosu lost contact inside 50km to go, while Masnada dropped the remaining two and went solo with 40km to go.

The Italian was caught with 21km remaining, and was replaced by Giuseppe Fonzi (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia) in a counter-attack.

Fonzi was caught just over one lap to go, as AG2R set up a Romain Bardet attack and the Frenchman led down the short descent. He was joined briefly by Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida). Xandro Meurisse (Wanty Groupe Gobert), and Sebastian Henao (Team Sky), but Dimension Data dragged it back together.

A big left-hand turn led into the final kilometre, and Albanese rolled the dice with a long-ranger. He opened up a small gap but slid out on a left-hand bend just over 500 metres out. As the peloton skipped around him, Lobato sensed an opportunity and unleashed his vicious acceleration to claim a much-needed victory.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini4:41:40 
2Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
3Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky  
4Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini  
5Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
6Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
7Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
8Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
9Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
10Warren Barguil (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
11Marco Tizza (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini  
12Eros Capecchi (Ita) Italy  
13Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
14Simone Velasco (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia  
15Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy  
16Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
17Luca Wackermann (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
18Sergei Shilov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo  
19David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
20Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
21Hayter Ethan (GBr) Team Sky  
22Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data  
23Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:00:09 
24Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
25Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
26Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
27Pierpaolo Ficara (Ita) Italy  
28Awet Andemeskel (Eri) Israel Cycling Academy  
29Paolo Totò (Ita) Sangemini-Mg. K Vis-Vega0:00:15 
30Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
31Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez (Col) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia  
32Alessandro Fedeli (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
33Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
34Ivan Martinelli (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
35Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
36Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data  
37Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
38José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team  
39Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
40Dario Puccioni (Ita) Sangemini-Mg. K Vis-Vega  
41Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
42Mark Donovan (GBr) Team Sky  
43Emanuele Onesti (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
44Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates  
45Ildar Arslanov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo0:00:23 
46Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:27 
47Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky  
48Luca Pacioni (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia  
49Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
50Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:29 
51Christian Scaroni (Ita) Italy  
52Davide Casarotto (Ita) Italy  
53Simone Ponzi (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini0:00:33 
54Josu Zabala Lopez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:35 
55Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
56Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ  
57Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo  
58Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
59Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
60Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data  
61Rafael Reis (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
62Daniel Savini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
63Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
64Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates  
65Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
66Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team  
67Nekrasov Denis (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo  
68Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
69Diego Rosa (Ita) Team Sky  
70Michael Bresciani (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:01:00 
71Jose Manuel Diaz (Spa) Israel Cycling Academy0:01:05 
72Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:09 
73Ettore Carlini (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
74Delio Fernandez Cruz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:01:13 
75Iuri Filosi (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
76Kristijan Durasek (Cro) UAE Team Emirates0:01:23 
77Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team  
78Andrea Garosio (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
79Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data  
80Umberto Orsini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
81Steve Morabito (Swi) Groupama-FDJ  
82Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Italy  
83Carlos Barbero (Spa) Movistar Team  
84Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
85Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini0:01:33 
86Sho Hatsuyama (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini0:01:40 
87Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:01:45 
88Simon Antonini (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:01:49 
89Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
90Rory Sutherland (Aus) UAE Team Emirates0:01:53 
91Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
92Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:02:04 
93Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
94Justin Alexander Oien (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:02:11 
95Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:14 
96Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
97Samuele Zambelli (Ita) Italy0:02:25 
98Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Israel Cycling Academy0:02:29 
99Romain Le Roux (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
100Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
101Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
102Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension Data  
103Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
104Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
105Leonardo Basso (Ita) Team Sky  
106Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:05:40 
107Matteo Badilatti (Swi) Israel Cycling Academy0:05:50 
108Nicolò Garibbo (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
109Joaquim Silva (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
110Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Fortuneo-Samsic  
111Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia  
112Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) Dimension Data  
DNFAlexander Konychev (Ita)  
DNFValerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFDavid Per (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFStephen Williams (GBr) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFClement Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFAxel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFBen O'connor (Aus) Dimension Data  
DNFWilliam Bonnet (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
DNFJérémy Roy (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
DNFArthur Vichot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
DNFMikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFHector Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFAntonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFChristopher Lawless (GBr) Team Sky  
DNFVincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFEduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini  
DNFIlia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia  
DNFEdoardo Zardini (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia  
DNFSebastian Schönberger (Aut) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia  
DNFElie Gesbert (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
DNFArmindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
DNFYannis Yssaad (Fra) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFJulen Amezqueta Moreno (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFEmmanuel Morin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFNikolai Cherkasov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo  
DNFNikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo  
DNFStepan Kuriyanov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo  
DNFLuca Colnaghi (Ita) Sangemini-Mg. K Vis-Vega  
DNFElia Ciabocco (Ita) Sangemini-Mg. K Vis-Vega  
DNFMatteo Draperi (Ita) Sangemini-Mg. K Vis-Vega  
DNFMichele Scartezzini (Ita) Sangemini-Mg. K Vis-Vega  
DNFAttilio Viviani (Ita) Sangemini-Mg. K Vis-Vega  
DNFFrancesco Bettini (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
DNFAngelo Raffaele (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
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